Students Challenged to Detect Toilet Leaks

By Meaghan Goepferich Posted on February 9, 2021

Citrus County Utilities is hosting its seventh annual Classroom Leak Detection Challenge for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms. 

Students Challenged to Detect Toilet Leaks

This annual event celebrates the EPA’s “We’re for Water” initiative by challenging students to test their home toilets for leaks.  All necessary supplies are provided by the utility.

This is a hands-on leak detection activity that teaches children and adults alike how to find and fix toilet leaks. “Thank you again for this simple, fun, and educational challenge,” said Jennifer Berbert, Inverness Primary teacher. Having fun while learning how to save water is the goal.  According to EPA Water Sense, fixing one leaky toilet can save up to 200 gallons a day.

All necessary supplies are provided by the utility. For brick-and-mortar classrooms, the utility will mail dye tablets, student worksheets and pencils to the school.  Students working from home can substitute food coloring to perform the test.

As a thank you, the utility will provide shower timers to the entire class once teachers submit results. Bonus classroom gifts for teachers that submit a class photo holding the “We’re for Water” sign provided by the utility. 

Teachers interested in participating in the 2021 challenge should send an email to by April 9, 2021 that includes the school, teacher name, grade and the number of students.  For more information, contact Debra Burden at (352) 527-7684.



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